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Cryptocurrency – The Whales’ Game


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Cryptocurrencies have captured the public  imagination as the price of bitcoin et al skyrocketed and made lakhiers and crorepatis of both famous and obscure people. Never mind that many lost their fortunes even before they could start celebrating ! The adrenalin rush is a siren song to certain personality types……..

And I daily get calls, messages and e-mails asking what I think of cryptocurrency investments. The querants range from Sotheby’s-Gulf to small businesspeople from Russia. So here’s my answer : Are you a whale? Do you want to be one? Can you be one ?Do you fancy your chances playing against whales ?

Think:

Bitcoin was built by a tight-knit community of technology buffs and entrepreneurs, and a relatively small number of them own an outsized share of the cryptocurrency. As few as 1,000 people may own around 40% of all existing bitcoin.

As smaller investors enter the market drawn by the price action, the question to ask is whether those “whales” are in a position to take advantage of the newcomers?

Can whales actually coordinate among themselves to move the market? Read more of this post

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The Denationalization of Money – Friedrich Hayek


The Denationalization of Money is a 1976 book by Friedrich Hayek, in which he advocates the establishment of competitively issued private moneys.

According to Hayek, instead of a national government issuing a specific currency, use of which is imposed on all members of its economy by force in the form of legal tender laws, private businesses should be allowed to issue their own forms of money, deciding how to do so on their own and have the currencies compete for acceptance.  Read more of this post

Branded Reality


Construction is something of a commodity business and as in all commodity businesses, its hard to maintain margins. So how to reality companies increase their pricing power?

Enter Branded Reality.

1)So for reality companies the first  order of things is to create a strong and recognizable brand as it increases customer confidence, influences the buying decision and shapes the ownership experience.

2)Then to increase brand visibility ,a common strategy is to pursue the achievement of firsts :

So they compete to build he world’s tallest residential tower,the first greenfield smart city in the country, bring in designs by Casa Armani, Trump, Philippe Starck, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen, Greg Norman etc to local markets etc. etc. etc. Read more of this post

The $10K Per Ounce Figure


wealthymattersGold bugs tend to get long term trends right.

They however routinely make the mistake of thinking that others are as cautious, prudent and willing to err on the side of caution as they themselves.

Most of the world is not.

So their scenarios tend to pan out, but not before may others have been acclaimed right and then proven wrong by time.

Read what Jim has to say and think about it if ever you are contemplating getting rid of old gold stocks and going gold free. But don’t waited with baited breath to realize such prices either.

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On Why Bitcoin Can’t Replace Gold Bullion


Physical gold is prized as “real” money in that in physical terms it is tradable for remarkably constant quantities of staples such as wheat or a fine set of clothes ,across cultures and down the ages.

Unfortunately, Bitcoin that is supposed to behave like gold-money shows nothing of this consistency.

Here’s what Bitcoin could have purchased you since in the last few years:

1 Jan 2010

Value of bitcoin : $0.08 : Rs 3.7
What you could buy: Small packet of biscuits Read more of this post

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